Herta was born November 16, 1930 in Neustadt a.d. Aisch, Germany. She attended school in Germany, including 3 years in a business school. After her education, Herta worked in Nurnberg, Germany, where she met her future husband, Ralph Rupp, who was in the U. S. Army. They married in Germany on January 31, 1953.
Herta came to the United States in 1953 and lived on the farm in Cherokee County. She was proud to become a U.S. citizen. She and her husband raised their 3 children, Anna, Sharon and Brian. Herta dedicated her life to providing her children with love and care, especially to Sharon, who had special needs.
After living 60 years on the farm, Herta and her husband moved to the Beck in Cherokee in January 2013. She enjoyed making new friends in the Beck community.
Herta will be remembered for her outstanding cooking skills and her compassion for all people, especially those who were lonely or needed a friend. Her family will remember her perseverant attitude as she went through difficult and challenging times. Her faith in Christ never wavered.
She was very involved in the Maryhill Church community, Immaculate Conception Parish, Catholic Daughters, ARC (organization for citizens with special needs) and was a volunteer at Cherokee Work Services. She enjoyed her monthly German Club gatherings for over 50 years.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph Rupp; daughter, Anna (Bruce) Schmadeke; son, Brian Rupp; grand daughter, Christa (Seth) Heitter of Mt. Morris, Illinois; great grandchildren, Jarren Heitter and Brenna Heitter; special friend, Barb Pitts, and many relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 4:00 p.m. Catholic Daughter's Rosary and a 7:00 p.m. prayer service Tuesday at the funeral home.
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery
Rural Cherokee, Iowa